Indigenous COVID 19 Emergency





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Project Description

Country: Ecuador

Location: Morona Santiago

Total Budget: $2,000

Area of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment

Activity Type: Health: Disease

Summary: Provdiing medical and related relief for Indigenous population in Ecuador on verge of extinction because of COVID 19

COVID 19 has reached the rainforest territories of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Indigenous populations living there are extremely vulnerable to disease due to long existing inequity, exclusion from access to public service as well as geographic isolation. Elders are dying. They are the guardians of thousands of years of ancestral knowledge about the Amazon rainforest animals and medicinal plants. There is lack of testing, medicine and basic supplies. The Indians there are reliant on the rivers for food and water which have become polluted because of oil spills and careless habits by international companies.

CEFAS (Center for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science) is an organization in the Ecuadorean Amazon basin that we will work with. They are based in Morona Santiago province and are already working with the Shuar tribes living at risk.

We want to fund CEFAS to produce educational preventative material about COVID 19 in Achuar as well as Spanish, and distribute desperately needed masks, alcohol, soap, cleaning supplies, food, water filters, and medicine. $2000

CEFAS will perform the above as well as outreach to the population about general health, domestic violence and children rights. Our Eclub will work with CEFAS online through ZOOM and be in contact with them weekly to monitor progress.

The goal is to stabilize this indigenous population from the threat of extinction because of COVID 19 so:

1) They can thrive in their society by receiving pandemic preventative

2) The world can continue to benefit from its valuable knowledge of the local medicinal plants and traditions as well as the Amazon as the life force of our planet plants

Project Contact Person

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: E-Club of San Diego Global

Primary Contact: Maureen Duncan

Email: mvduncan@sbcglobal.net

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

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E-Club of San Diego Global (5340)









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History Log Entries


by Maureen Duncan

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Maureen Duncan

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Maureen Duncan

System Entry: Project signed by Maureen Duncan.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Marian Pavlovich.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Benjamin Kettor.


by Elana Levens-Craig

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by James Morrison

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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